Monday, October 11, 2010


The first intentional step in my Zach Galifianakis fan project.

Okay, first, as far as the movie. It's a little surprising to see a movie with so little ambition. A stressed out kid checks himself into a mental hospital. And four days later, he checks out, a little better. While in there, he learns to relax and enjoy art more than his ultra-competitive high achiever school. And he meets a girl there. And, most importantly, he meets Bobby (Zach Galifianakis), a fellow patient who teaches him about life.

Now, as for the Galifianakis himself. He plays a bit of a cliche, the mental patient with surprising wisdom. But he plays it with his trademark mix of self-assured zaniness and vulnerability. His antics of sneaking out of the mental ward dressed in scrubs and bribing a janitor with meds to let them into the gym is fun. But at the same time, the scenes with his ex-wife berating him in front of his daughter are a little heartbreaking, and shows some depth in his acting ability.

On the Galifianakis-meter (which measures, of course, Galifianomics), I'll give it a solid 5/10.

Running Time: 91 minutes
My Total Minutes: 210,549

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